Arbella Insurance Group Announces Partnership With Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas

Arbella's Charitable Foundation Celebrates With Major Gift to Newly-Created Tim Thomas Foundation

QUINCY, Mass., November 8, 2011 — The Arbella Insurance Group today announced a new, multi-year partnership with Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas. Thomas will represent Arbella via television, radio and social media channels, including Facebook, beginning in January 2012.

"We've never before considered having a pro athlete represent Arbella," said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group. "But as we've watched Tim's career develop and reach the highest pinnacle, we realized that his personal and professional attributes are directly in sync with Arbella's."

The Arbella Insurance Group is a mutual insurance company based in Quincy, Mass., with 800 employees in the state and a network of more than 500 affiliated independent insurance agents. A local company known for exceptional customer service, Arbella prides itself on understanding the unique insurance needs presented by living in New England.

"Tim is a perfect partner for us," continued Donohue. "His success during last season's Stanley Cup Finals was not built on an overnight sensation but by years of hard work and a dedicated approach to becoming the very best at what he does. Tim has also acknowledged that much of the personal recognition he has achieved would not have been possible without the support of his family, friends and teammates. At Arbella, we've worked diligently for nearly a quarter century to build ourselves into the best property/casualty insurance company in New England and, just like Tim, we know that we could not have done it without the incredible teamwork and partnership between our employees and the independent insurance agents with whom we work. It's truly our team approach that helps us succeed."

"When I first learned about Arbella's mission, I knew this was a great fit," said Thomas. "Like me, Arbella grew from humble beginnings and has worked hard for decades to earn its success. Arbella cares deeply about its customers' well-being, its agents' success and its employees' happiness. I'm thrilled to be a part of the Arbella family, since they share my passion for striving every day to be the best and for giving a hand to those who need it."

During a special press event at Boston's TD Garden, the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation today announced a $20,000 gift to the newly-created Tim Thomas Foundation, which will target a variety of worthy local causes from food banks, to education programs, to disaster relief efforts. 

"We're proud to support Tim's Foundation," said Beverly Tangvik, director of charitable giving at Arbella. "Tim has already done so much to help New England, and this is a testament to his devotion to helping others."

About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation in 2004. The mission of the Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.